Wild Salmon Policy 2018 to 2022 Implementation Plan

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released the final version of the Wild Salmon Policy 2018 to 2022 Implementation Plan.

Message from the minister:

As Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, it is my pleasure to present the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan. This Plan does not focus on actions taken, but rather represents Canada’s plan forward and commitment over the next five years towards continuing to restore and maintain wild Pacific salmon populations and their habitats.

When Canada’s Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon was released in 2005, it was considered a ground-breaking document developed over five years of consultations with Canadians. It put a new priority on conserving the rich biological diversity of Pacific salmon, while supporting the sustainable use of one of Canada’s cherished natural resources – wild Pacific salmon.

Thirteen years later, salmon science and conservation work has been advanced, the goals and objectives of the policy remain pertinent, and the passion of Canadians is stronger than ever. The need to focus increase on this important keystone species continues as we face changing ocean and freshwater habitat conditions, less predictable returns and declines in some stocks.

We must find ways to continue to safeguard the genetic diversity of wild salmon and maintain habitat and ecosystem integrity; this is critical to both ensuring their conservation and continuing to provide opportunities for economic benefits that Pacific salmon generates for many Canadians – including BC and Yukon First Nations, commercial and recreational fishers and many small communities. I am committed to working with the BC and Yukon governments to enhance and deepen our collaboration going forward to protect Pacific salmon and salmon habitat.

I would like to thank the hundreds of dedicated Canadians who participated in our consultations in 2016 and 2017 and who provided valuable feedback in person or in writing. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has listened to the comments and considered all the recommendations in building this Plan. My Department is fully committed to the Pacific Wild Salmon Policy, and I am confident that by working with our dedicated partners, including collaboration with the government of BC and First Nations on an integrated strategy, we will secure a brighter future for wild Pacific salmon.

Full report here:

Public Open House – Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan

Fisheries and Oceans is hosting a Public Open House on the development of a Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan between 6:30 and 8:30 pm in the Gallery Room at UBC Robson Square.

The MCC has expressed concerns with the proposed approach that are detailed in our December 22, 2016 letter to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc.

Letter to Minster LeBlanc from MCC regarding Wild Salmon Policy

At this session you will have the opportunity to:
1. Learn about highlights of progress on Wild Salmon Policy implementation and DFO’s approach to changing the Wild Salmon Policy and developing an implementation plan.
2. Share your experiences and activities with stewardship and conservation of wild salmon.

Please attend to voice your opinion on changes to the Wild Salmon Policy.

Public Open House
March 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
UBC Robson Square, Gallery Room (1.15), 800 Robson St., Vancouver

Wild Salmon Policy Vancouver Open House March 16, 2017



Pacific Wild Salmon Policy under threat

On December 22nd, 2016, the MCC Salmon Committee sent a letter to the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This letter states:

We are writing to you with respect to the process underway in the Pacific region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to develop an implementation plan for the Pacific Wild Salmon Policy as a means of meeting the top priority in your mandate letter to Act on the
recommendations of the Cohen Commission. We support this objective but are concerned it is being re-directed for unjustified reasons. As such, we are calling on you to immediately direct Pacific region staff to focus on developing an implementation plan with stakeholders, rather than changing the very policy they are being directed to implement. 

We have asked for a meeting with the Minister to discuss this further and will report back.

Full letter:

Letter to Minster LeBlanc from MCC regarding Wild Salmon Policy